Tech Douchebags Retired

Tech Douchebags

TDB is a twelve-step program for technology snobs disguised as a comedic interview podcast - humorously helping geeks confront their digital narcissism and unhealthy attachment to their gadgets & devices.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.

#65: The Cartoon Egalitarian

June 21, 2015 at 1:30PM • 49 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Alex Knight returns to share his penchant for dissecting cartoons and how he has to constantly defend comic books and video games against the notion that the medium is just for children's entertainment.

In addition, we discuss cultural diversity in entertainment, cartoons as a defined line for kids to escape reality, the death of 'Saturday morning cartoons' in an on-demand world, and whether or not animators have a responsibility to provide moral lessons in their work.

#64: The Guilty Whiner

June 14, 2015 at 2:45PM • 47 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Nate Boateng confronts his guilt over whining about inconsequential things and how he gets unreasonably annoyed at software bugs, poor user interface design, slow app updated for new iOS versions, and generally having his time wasted.

In addition, we discuss the psychology of online criticism, consumer expectations of mobile apps, podcast app bugbears, road rage, and supermarket gentrification.

It concludes with Nate committing to step eight by making a list of all the app developers he has complained to on Twitter over the past several years.

#63: The Angry Dad Gamer

June 7, 2015 at 11:00AM • 48 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Victor Agreda Jr. returns to tackle step four by confronting his anger management issues towards poor video game design and how he manages to stream video games nearly every day from his living room.

In addition, we discuss video games as a form of storytelling, why people watch others play video games online, complicated controllers, dealing with chatroom trolls, and how kids react to an "old man" playing their favorite games.

#62: The Poor Scheduler

May 31, 2015 at 2:00PM • 41 minutes

In this week’s meeting, John Moltz confronts his recurring issues with scheduling things on his calendar, his problem with the social conventions of confirming plans, and differentiating between to-dos, reminders and events.

In addition, we discuss Apple Watch apps, being offended by another person's use case, technological distractions as a "people problem", and getting called primarily by your last name.

It concludes with John completing step nine by making amends and apologizing for failing to put the previously planned recording arrangement on his calendar.

#61: The Savvy YouTuber

May 24, 2015 at 8:30AM • 39 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Amy Schmittauer of Savvy Sexy Social confronts step six by sharing how she maintains her personal brand on YouTube, overly embraces the commenters on her videos, and her addiction to jump cuts.

In addition, we discuss YouTube as a social platform, the convergence of content and conversation, living vicariously through other people's lives, video pre-roll ads and viewers' ridiculously short attention spans.

#60: The eBay Buff

May 17, 2015 at 1:30PM • 57 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Andy Mangold of 5by5's On The Grid tackles step ten by sharing how he does almost all of his shopping on eBay, the advanced search techniques utilized, how he prefers used items over new, and that eBay is much underrated as an informational resource.

In addition, we discuss people's jobs being replaced by robots, the bloat of Adobe Photoshop, the perils of getting graphical assets from clients, an introvert's propensity to over-explain, stolen profile pictures, and purist play of sports video games.

#59: The Smartphone Swinger

May 10, 2015 at 4:00PM • 44 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Todd Wright shares how he manages to use three different smartphones regularly, going back and forth between ecosystems, dealing with his anger management issues towards mobile operating systems, and his frustration in constantly looking for that perfect phone.

In addition, we discuss the rationalizations we make to upgrade our phones, the importance of apps & services that are cross-platform, and what can be called a "gadget" anymore with the ongoing consolidation of device functionalities.

It concludes with Todd committing to step ten by finally selling the two additional phones stored in his closet that he no longer uses.

#58: The High Fidelity Hoarder

May 3, 2015 at 3:15PM • 45 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Kirk McElhearn completes step four by objectively reconciling his management of a 75,000+ track music library, his endless frustration with iTunes Match, and admitting that at his age, he has a natural predilection towards media ownership than the younger generation of music fans.

In addition, we discuss how one's music collection tells you a lot about a person, albums vs. singles, streaming service royalties and payout structures, and how the music industry got spoiled on the transition to the CD format in the 80's and 90's.

#57: The Soothsayer

April 26, 2015 at 3:30PM • 60 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Abdel Ibrahim of The Tech Block shares his obsessive fascination with the smartwatch as a product category, why he enjoys looking at new products based on where they may take us in the future, and how he's frustrated that not all aspects of life have shifted towards a technological solution.

In addition, we discuss smartwatches as fashion over function, how fragmented ecosystems hinder technological progress, vocal interaction versus physical input methods, the difference between "being cool" and "doing cool stuff", and how human behaviors change drastically slower than technology.

It concludes with Abdel tackling step eleven by agreeing to survey more people outside of an Apple Store about their desire to buy an Apple Watch.

#56: The Paradise Project Manager

April 19, 2015 at 3:00PM • 46 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Jerome Koehler confronts step five by sharing how he learned to not get passive aggressive over technical support questions, dealing with luddite bureaucrats as a project manager, and how he takes the scenery, climate and joy of living in Hawaii for granted.

In addition, we discuss the Honolulu startup scene, sex offender registry apps, the education of ninjas, and working as an Apple genius and a technician for Best Buy's 'Geek Squad'.